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Vakkaru Maldives Welcomes Sampath Hewawala as New Head Sommelier


Baa Atoll, Republic of Maldives, 12 September 2023 – Vakkaru Maldives is thrilled to  announce the appointment of Sampath Widana Hewawala (Sam) as the resort’s new Head  Sommelier. Sam’s appointment promises a new level of unparalleled wine experiences at  Vakkaru, where he will oversee the award-winning Vakkaru Reserve wine cellar as well as  orchestrate wine programmes across the resort’s six restaurants and bars. Moreover, Sam is  set to elevate the team’s expertise through innovative wine educational programs. 

With over a decade of experience as Head Sommelier at some of the most prestigious  resorts, including One & Only Reethi Rah and Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara,  Sam is the epitome of excellence in his field. Holding certifications such as WSET Advanced  Level 3, Court of Master Sommelier Level 1, and B & G Château Wine Certification, he  brings a wealth of knowledge to the resort’s ever-evolving wine culture. 

Speaking about his appointment, Sam said, “I am thrilled to join the team at Vakkaru  Maldives. My mission is to create a top-tier wine philosophy that aligns with Vakkaru’s  distinctive brand identity. With Vakkaru Reserve’s expansive wine portfolio, I believe our  collection opens up opportunities for an innovative, immersive and high-class experience  that will make Vakkaru stand out in this highly competitive industry.” 

Besides hosting a regular wine tasting and wine degustation dinner at Vakkaru Reserve,  Sam also introduces a new event, the Sunset Sandbank Wine Tasting, an unforgettable  sensory experience in an idyllic setting of the natural sandbank. Just a mere boat ride from  the resort, the pure-white sandbank located within Vakkaru’s lagoon will transform into a  wine lover’s paradise. Here, Sam will curate a selection of fine wines from the Old and New  Worlds, accompanied by an array of delectable cheeses and charcuterie, promising an  extraordinary journey of taste and luxury at Vakkaru Maldives. 

About Vakkaru Maldives 

Located in Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve renowned for its spectacular sea life, Vakkaru  Maldives is a timeless sanctuary recently named the Indian Ocean’s Leading Resort in the World  Travel Awards. An awe-inspiring 30-minute seaplane ride from Velana International Airport takes you  to this secluded reef island, shaded by coconut palms and blessed with calming ocean views and  powder-soft white-sand beaches. Here 113 beautifully appointed Overwater and Beach Villas are  elegantly designed to respect their surroundings, while exceptional dining experiences and amenities  await in six restaurants, two bars and a wine cellar. Among our industry-leading offerings is overwater  Merana Spa, complete with an Ayurveda practice and a regular host to residencies by the world’s  most inspiring wellness practitioners. Children and teens are generously catered for in the Parrotfish  Club and Coconut Club respectively, while guests of all ages can play against world-famous pros  through a best-in-class coaching partnership with Tipsarevic Luxury Tennis or play each other on the  newly opened padel tennis court. Splash offers a host of thrilling water sports, ocean excursions,  private luxury yacht as well as coral adoption programme. 



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